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    CSNews Editor Don Longo to Speak at NYACS Education Event

    Free workshops and networking ops targeted to independent and small retailers.

    Don Longo, Editorial Director of CSNews.
    Don Longo

    TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Convenience Store News Editorial Director Don Longo will offer information and advice to convenience store retailers attending the New York Association of Convenience Stores’ (NYACS) "Building Blocks for Neighborhood Retailers" event on Tuesday, Dec. 3. During his presentation, Longo will provide the latest industry data on independent c-stores and share how small retailers can confront the challenges of operating against their bigger rivals in today’s market through examples torn from the pages of Convenience Store News for the Single Store Owner magazine.

    The "Building Blocks" event will be a one-day laboratory of learning, networking and product sourcing for retailers located in the Hudson Valley, metro New York and surrounding areas. It is co-sponsored by CSNews for the Single Store Owner, Altria Corp., McLane Co. and Swisher International Inc., and will take place at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown, N.Y.

    "In today's regulatory and competitive environment, success is really hard for independent operators to achieve, especially in New York State," said NYACS President Jim Calvin. "This event will provide practical knowledge, resources and contacts they can use to build their businesses."

    The event will feature nearly a dozen free workshops during two time blocks: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The workshops will be geared specifically for owners, operators and managers of convenience stores, gas stations, grocery stores, bodegas, newsstands, smoke shops, college stores and other retail formats.

    Morning sessions will include:

    • Maximizing Your Lottery Program
    • Making the Candy Category Even Sweeter
    • Managing Gas Station Environmental Compliance
    • Risks and Rewards of Money Services
    • Convenience Store 101

    Afternoon sessions will include:

    • Preserving Your Right to Sell Tobacco
    • Survival Skills for Single-Store Operators
    • The Generator Mandate: Your Options
    • Strengthening Tech Ties With Suppliers
    • Convenience Store 101 (repeat)

    Between the workshop blocks, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., attendees will be able to browse tabletop exhibits presented by leading c-store suppliers and service providers, and enter drawings every 10 minutes for cash prizes totaling $1,000.

    Additional details and pre-registration are available by calling (800) 336-9227 or visiting www.nyacs.org.

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